There’s some massive FAIL going on over at Kiwiblog. Farrar’s got this new green-bashing post up where he breathlessly mocks Al Gore for saying sea levels could rise by 67 metres because of climate change.
“67 metres in ten years!” wails Farrar. “I think politicians like Al Gore actually damage the very cause they purport to support, with their hysterical claims”.
Dude then goes into a page full of calculations to show how stupid Gore is to talk about a 67 metre rise before finishing, apparently without irony given his EFA antics, “is such hysteria a useful contributor to the debate?”
I’ll tell you what’s not a useful contribution to the debate, David – you.
See it turns out Farrar’s entire research for this piece consisted of ripping copy from Ian Wishart, who ripped it off some mad right-wing blog, which in turn got it from “Arab Internet services company Maktoob.com“.
You go to this Maktoob.com, and it turns out Gore actually said that if Greenland and West Antartica’s massive ice sheets melted it could increase sea levels by 6-7 metres. Which means the 67 metres claim is wrong. He doesn’t say it will melt in ten years, either. Which means Farrar’s entire post is one giant excercise in FAIL.
For a dude who makes his living selling people research you’d think he’d take more care of his reputation than to leave it in the hands of people like Ian Wishart and his nutty climate change denier mates.
Update: Farrar’s updated the post to say 6 7 metres, but continues to smear Gore based on the claim that it’s predicted to all happen within ten years. This is simply untrue, Gore has made no such claim. I notice Ian Wishart is trying the same trick in the comments. These people really have no shame.
Update 2: Finally fixed, though the dude’s still trying to argue the point like he actually understands what the IPCC are on about.